Release date: June 23, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.
When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?
Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.
Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?
Opposites attract in the next installment of the Brown sisters trilogy, and yes you do get to check in on Chloe and Red for those of you who were fans of the first book. (If you haven’t read it yet I loved that one too) Dani and Zaf don’t have much in common at first glance, but deep down they’re actually quite similar and I adored both of them. Dani is quirky, confident, super smart and supremely sexy and Zaf is basically the same but add in sweetness where Dani is snarky, sharp tongued and very guarded.
Fake relationships are one of my favorite romance tropes, I think it’s the way the characters usually try and fight the chemistry between them and while Dani and Zaf didn’t put up too much of a fight, it was still super entertaining to see them try and deny that they were made for each other. Their chemistry was so undeniable that I wouldn’t have been surprised if my Kindle caught on fire during some of their encounters. Yes, this was spicy and super sexy, but their banter and flirting was also 🔥 and the build up before they hooked up was fantastic. Zaf is definitely swim worthy and in the end Dani herself opened up and had some pretty romantic gestures herself. This is a romance for everyone, definitely recommended by me.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.